The Hell of It February 25, 2015 The Hell of It Peter Orullian What will he wager? Schrödinger’s Gun February 18, 2015 Schrödinger’s Gun Ray Wood Maybe in some other timeline it would have gone smooth. Acrobatic Duality February 11, 2015 Acrobatic Duality Tamara Vardomskaya The two of her are perfectly synchronized. The Language of Knives February 4, 2015 The Language of Knives Haralambi Markov They share the rites of death, and grief.
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Evil Eighties: The Paperback Horrors of Lisa Tuttle
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The Pinocchio Factor
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The Mummy was the Indiana Jones Successor that We Deserved
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Thu
Feb 19 2015 12:11pm

Doctor Who Season 9 Villain and Episode Titles Revealed

Doctor Who season 9 two-parter The Magician's Apprentice The Witch's Familiar

As we knew, Doctor Who season 9 is kicking off with a two-parter—but now we know the episode titles and who’s coming back! Radio Times reports that the first two episodes of the new season will be “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie MacDonald, who directed “Blink.”

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 10:30am

We’re Getting a Neill Blomkamp Alien Sequel After All!

Neil blomkamp's Alien Concept Art

After teasing us with some extraordinary concept art last month (and announcing that he had a certain terrifying head sitting on his desk) Neill Blomkamp broke our collective heart by saying he had dropped the project. But now, the director of District 9 and Chappie seems to be ready to climb into the air ducts after all, and took to Instagram with a message of hope!

[Again, our definition of “hope” involves being pursued by an acid-spitting alien…]

Thu
Feb 19 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: A Typical Day in the Life of An Author

Wes Chu on Kilimanjaro

For Time Salvager author Wes Chu, the hardest part of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro wasn’t the actual hike – it was the ninja attack at the peak. We’ll repeat: Wesley Chu, writer of stories, has climbed Kilimanjaro. Your respective moves, every other author.

Morning Roundup brings you some sultry alternatives to Fifty Shades of Grey, a look at robotics, consciousness, and the fine art of the trailer, and the opening salvo in the coming war with the aliens.

[Plus, a successor to Bane Cat!]

Wed
Feb 18 2015 5:00pm

Subterranean Press Celebrates 20 Years with a Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle Subterranean Press

To mark its 20th anniversary, Subterranean Press is teaming up with Humble Bundle to offer up a massive bundle of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror books! For the next few weeks, you can get $96 worth of DRM-free, multi-format books at whatever price you want.

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Wed
Feb 18 2015 1:35pm

Afternoon Roundup: What a Bunch of Helpful Ways to Learn Your Geeky ABCs

Otis Frampton ABCDEFGeek Vol 3 art

When artist Otis Frampton created the ABCDEFGeek series a few years ago, he could have stopped with his first geeky alphabet (including “R is for Regeneration” and “X is for Xenomorph”). But instead, he keeps topping himself by starting back over with “A”—with ABCDEFGeek Volume 3, it’s the Guardians of the Galaxy who get that honor. (You know why.) Frampton still has two letters left to go, so follow along on his deviantART page!

Afternoon Roundup includes a television adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, the plot of Pirates of the Caribbean 5, and the new Nightcrawler.

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Wed
Feb 18 2015 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 43: Daniel Polansky

Rocket Talk Daniel Polansky

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by fantasy author Daniel Polansky to discuss his new novel Those Above, as well as his recently announced The Builders, from Tor.com's novella program. They talk about writing dates, travel, fictional influences, and Thunders, as you do.

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Wed
Feb 18 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We’re Assuming This Phone Case isn’t Heavy

DeLorean Phone Case

Need any more reminders that you are currently in the future? How about this radical phone case? That’s right, Bandai has released a phone case that not only looks just like Doc Brown and Marty McFly’s DeLorean, but also includes boss LED lights, for that perfect 80s neon look.

Morning Roundup brings you a Valentine from space, a look at the worldbuilding of Greg Egan, and a potent mix of hope and despair!

[Plus, the internet found a way to make The Babadook even scarier, cause it needed that.]

Tue
Feb 17 2015 4:30pm

Introducing the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

Joel Cunningham B&N We’ve been loving the SF/F coverage from the new B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, from their recommendations for mouth-watering fantasy foods to speculative fiction road trips.

Joel Cunningham is an editor for B&N Reads and the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, and he stopped by to talk about celebrating geekery, remembering the classics, and what he’s excited to cover this year.

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Tue
Feb 17 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: One Circle to Rule Them All

circles movie posters Nick Barclay Lord of the Rings

After watching Interstellar, artist Nick Barclay remembered that 2001: A Space Odyssey had a circle as a main character. From that realization sprang his Circle Movies poster series (via Laughing Squid), which boils down classic films to their iconic circles—including HAL, the One Ring, The Matrix’s famous pills, and more.

Afternoon Roundup continues to celebrate Harley Quinn Month; drools over all the pretty pieces at Toy Fair; and plans which sci-fi and fantasy novels will make the best hibernation reading list.

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Tue
Feb 17 2015 12:45pm

Game of Thrones Season 5 Will Be “Even Bloodier” than the Books

Game of Thrones kill book characters George R.R. Martin

For the past four seasons of Game of Thrones, readers of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series have had an advantage over their TV-viewing counterparts, in knowing when the Red Wedding, Purple Wedding, and every other devastating character death will come. However, Martin has recently revealed that the show is deviating from the books in a big way, and now no one will be safe.

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Fri
Feb 13 2015 4:00pm

Baymax Wants You to Be His Valentine

Baymax Valentine's Day Big Hero 6

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your feelings about Valentine’s Day? Baymax knows that expressing affection makes him a better care provider, and love raises your neurotransmitter levels. Whether you’re single or taken, this cuddly marshmallow robot hopes that you’ll be his valentine, so the two of you can fistbump (balalala) and jump out windows together.

Are you satisfied with your valentine?

Fri
Feb 13 2015 3:15pm

“Ghosts Are Real”: Watch the First Crimson Peak Trailer

Crimson Peak trailer Guillermo del Toro Gothic horror

The first trailer is out for Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro’s first stab at Gothic horror. He decided to do the film, he explained at SDCC, because “I wanted to make a movie that can blend two sides of my personality.” We’re not sure which two sides are represented in this trailer—which includes creepy co-dependent siblings, a living house, a fair amount of sex, and bloodily-murdered ghosts—but we like what we see.

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Fri
Feb 13 2015 1:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: These Are the Astronauts We’re Looking For

NASA International Space Station Expedition 45 Star Wars poster

The crew of NASA’s International Space Station Expedition 45 have debuted their official portrait, and it is just the best. Not only is this crew—two astronauts from NASA, one from Japan, and three Russian cosmonauts—exploring the stars, but they’re bringing the Force to the rest of the galaxy. They really doubled down on the geekiness here, and it is wonderful.

It turns out that NASA has a history of making silly parody posters, recreating The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. Click to enlarge, and check out the hi-res version to zoom in on even nerdier Easter eggs, like their different-colored lightsabers and the satellite that resembles an X-wing.

Afternoon Roundup brings you the star of the next Stephen King movie, news on the Frozen musical, and the location of Super Mario World.

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Fri
Feb 13 2015 11:10am

Check Out Guy Ritchie’s Adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.!

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Guy Ritchie's film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. looks like it's going to be two hours of stylish adventure! Rather than updating the classic television show's setting to the 21st Century, Ritchie is reveling in the period details of the 1960s, and Henry Cavill seems charming as all get out as top American spy Napoleon Solo, and Armie Hammer's Russian accent is fun! Will the film dabble in sci-fi, as the show occasionally did? Will Solo ever accept his partnership with Russian agent Illya Kuryakin? Will Hugh Grant's mischievous twinkly eyes solve some sort of international kerfuffle? We'll find out this August!

[Check out the full trailer below! ]

Fri
Feb 13 2015 10:30am

I, Party Robot: Meet Casanova, Fixture of the 1980s LA Party Scene

Casanova the party robot VICE documentary David Leventhal Los Angeles 1980s

In the 1980s, the predominant robots in popular culture were assassins (The Terminator) and heroes (The Six-Million Dollar Man), but not our friends. That changed when an imaginative law student, “Double Black Diamond Dave” Leventhal, introduced Casanova the party robot to the Los Angeles party scene. Again: In the 1980s, Angelenos partied like it ain’t no thang with a snarky, drinks-serving, bow-tie-befitted machine. And then VICE made a mini-documentary about it.

[Watch “The Life and Sad Demise of a Party Robot”]

Fri
Feb 13 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Whoever Sings, We Lose

Predator Singing "Welcome to the Jungle"

Rocky Davies may be named after a hero of the 1980s, but he has chosen to celebrate some of that garish decade’s most famous villains! In his 80’s Villains series, he gives us Freddy, Stay-Puft, and The Joker all paired with perfect power pop lyrics for maximum ironic dissonance. But we were particularly enamored of his take on Predator. We can totally see him rocking out with Slash at the Rainbow Room, man.

[via Laughing Squid!]

Morning Roundup brings you a tiny Wookiee, a sneak peak at (yet another) Apocalypse, and an appreciation of The Legend of Korra!

[Plus Natalie Dormer goes punk!]

Thu
Feb 12 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Catwoman Isn’t So Sure About Her and Robin’s New Outfits

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Anne Hathaway Sidekicks costumes superheroes hitRECord

Clearly Florence didn’t work out for Selena Kyle, as she’s back burgling Gotham’s elite—but thankfully, John Blake Robin is here to stop her!

If only. Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are donning spandex again, but it’s not for another Batman installment. They’re shooting a web series, Sidekicks, for JGL’s online production company hitRECord—and you can get involved!

Afternoon Roundup brings you the first footage from SPECTRE; a Star Wars cruise; and The IT Crowd in space.

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Thu
Feb 12 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Are We Supposed to Call This Chair “Sexy”?

Laughing Squid shared this chair that looks so comfy, we may become bigger on the outside just from sitting in it too much. Artist Shannon Witt reupholstered the Bergere Regency chair in Shauntung silk, which was handpainted to look like a certain madman’s box. Check out more of her work here!

Morning Roundup, like all of you, is grappling with the universe-shaking ramifications of Spider-Man’s move to the MCU. We’re also cautiously optimistic about a Super Sad Story, and excitedly optimistic about another Alien movie!

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Wed
Feb 11 2015 5:00pm

Game of Thrones Fans Help Save the Icelandic Goat!

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has had a great impact on the cultural landscape, the popular status of grimdark fantasy, and the ongoing debate about what constitutes a “spoiler.” But possibly the most important thing the show has done is help save the Icelandic goat!

Icelandic goats are a particular subspecies, made unique over centuries of selective island-enforced breeding practices. They are either white and horned, or brown and hornless, and they are staggeringly cute. However, because goats are not as popular as cattle and sheep, they’ve been edging closer and closer to extinction over the last century. The goats were nearly dealt an irreversible setback when Haafell farm, home to half of Iceland’s goat population, was threatened with foreclosure. But then a dragon swooped in.

[GOOOAAAATS!]

Wed
Feb 11 2015 2:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Even Buddhist Monks Need a Quidditch Break

monks on brooms playing Quidditch Harry Potter photo

No offense to the National Office of Buddhism director, but we think these monks shouldn’t get punished for their clearly awesome broom skills. We’d put them on our Quidditch team any day.

Afternoon Roundup rereads our entire college English syllabus through the lens of AvP; looks forward to International Fanworks Day; and parties with Casanova, the suavest robot from the ’80s.

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